The Sc.B. degree program in Engineering-Physics, sponsored jointly by the Division of Engineering and the Department of Physics, provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles underlying modern technology. Specifically, it gives those who are interested in applied technical problems a strong background in physics and mathematics beyond that given in the standard engineering program. Students take a significant part of the usual engineering and physics programs, obtain substantial laboratory experience, and take several upper-level courses focusing on applied physics. The program allows students to take either the standard physics or engineering programs during their first two years and then switch to this combined program.

The total number of physical science courses required for the program is 19. (We assume that a student begins his or her mathematics courses at Brown with MATH 0170 or its equivalent. Students who begin in MATH 0200 or equivalent are encouraged but not required to take an additional upper-level mathematics course.)

The courses are as follows:

Select one of the following Series: | 2 | |

Foundations of Mechanics and Foundations of Electromagnetism and Modern Physics | ||

Analytical Mechanics and Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Physics | ||

Introduction to Engineering and Dynamics and Vibrations | ||

Select one of the following Series: | 2 | |

Advanced Placement Calculus and Intermediate Calculus | ||

Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering) and Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering) | ||

Select three additional higher-level math, applied math, or mathematical physics (PHYS 0720) courses. | 3 | |

CSCI 0040 | Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving (or higher-level programming course such as CSCI 0150.) | 1 |

Select one of the following Series: | 2 | |

Electricity and Magnetism and Advanced Electromagnetic Theory | ||

Electricity and Magnetism and Applied Electromagnetics | ||

PHYS 0500 | Advanced Classical Mechanics | 1 |

or ENGN 1370 | Advanced Engineering Mechanics | |

PHYS 1410 | Quantum Mechanics A | 1 |

PHYS 1420 | Quantum Mechanics B | 1 |

PHYS 1530 | Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics | 1 |

or ENGN 0720 | Thermodynamics | |

ENGN 1620 | Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits | 1 |

Select one of the following: | 1 | |

Mechanics of Solids and Structures | ||

Fluid Mechanics | ||

Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure | ||

A physics course on continuum mechanics. | ||

Select one of the following: | 1 | |

Photonics and Applications | ||

Materials Science | ||

Experiments in Modern Physics | ||

Select one of the following: | 1 | |

Modern Physics Laboratory | ||

Introduction to Semiconductors and Semiconductor Electronics | ||

An approved 2000-level engineering or physics course. | ||

A thesis under the supervision of a physics or engineering faculty member: | 1 | |

Senior Conference Course | ||

or ENGN 1970 | Independent Studies in Engineering | |

or ENGN 1971 | Independent Study in Engineering | |

Total Credits | 19 |

In addition, students must take four courses in the humanities and social sciences. They are encouraged to consider taking courses dealing with the philosophical, ethical, or political aspects of science and technology.

To accommodate the diverse preparation of individual students, variations of the above sequences and their prerequisites are possible by permission of the appropriate concentration advisor and the instructors involved.

It is required that each student's degree program be submitted for prior approval (typically in semester four) and scrutinized for compliance (in semester seven) by one faculty member from the Department of Physics and one faculty member from the Division of Engineering.